Accenture rewards its engaged Corporate Citizens

Each year, Accenture people in Belgium & Luxembourg can request financial support for social projects they are actively involved in. The Giving Through You initiative is an important channel for accelerating the impact our people have on reaching our global Skills to Succeed goal.

2017 Laureates

​InnoCampus at Gaziantep University, Turkey

Cagri Caylak (Manager, Business & Integration Architecture) is cofounder of InnoCampus, a 12-week entrepreneurship and innovation program that helps high school students bring their business ideas to life.

InnoCampus wants to address the current refugee crisis in an innovative way by leveraging new technologies in an entrepreneurship and innovation program.

In 2017, the program will select a mixture of Turkish youngsters and refugees who are stranded in Turkey with no clear perspectives to accelerate their integration and economic independence.

The program includes a Startup weekend, a Coding Hackathon and a closing event with potential investors and startups. InnoCampus has developed a FabLab to support entrepreneurs with new technologies and the Accenture grant will be used for new IoT, VR/AR and 3D printer devices.

Life Project 4 Youth in Cilincing, North Jakarta, Indonesia

Lionel de Somer (Manager, Business Strategy) is a three-time entrepreneur, passionate about innovation, growth opportunities and as a board member of Life Project 4 Youth, strongly believes that, ‘reality is open and still in the making.'

The Accenture grant will be used to roll-out this project to accompany the social and professional integration of youth in North Jakarta and provide quality drinkable water to the community, benefiting 90 people during the next three years.

Specifically, the grant will contribute to the water network installation and deployment, fostering the professionalization of this activity, an essential way to help youth develop their professional skills and knowledge.


Projects to keep an eye on…

Afropreneur in Belgium

Méta Nabou Cisse (Business Operations Associate) is the co-founder of Renaissance Africaine for which she is actively developing projects. One is Afropreneur, an incubation program designed to help young people from the African diaspora to gain entrepreneurial and leadership skills to start their own business. This one-week intensive training for 18 people in July 2017 covers marketing, pitching, communication, business and financial models, etc. Trainees will then follow a six-month program supported by coaches. At the end of this period, each project will be pitched to a jury and prizes will be awarded to the three most promising ideas.

Fonds Ngangi in Goma, DRC

Xavier Bauchau (Deal Execution Support Specialist) has convinced people from Teach for Belgium to join the Fonds Ngangi mission in Goma and collaborate on a one-month Ngangi Summer School. This project will provide 25 locals in the village of Ngangi with an opportunity to develop skills in their chosen career and contribute to the development of the Goma Region. The program includes classes in mathematics, French and economics, guest speakers, plus a range of lectures that participants can choose from based on their interests, fields of specialization and development points.


2016 Laureates

Waste Management in Burkina Faso

Cyril Daghrir (Consultant, Management Consulting) received funding for his Waste Management project in Burkina Faso. Working with Engineers without Borders, the project is creating 12 Waste Management agencies to collect, treat and valorize waste in five towns that will lead to the creation of 120 jobs and improved living conditions for 180,000 people and 15,000 schoolchildren. Engineers without Borders supports engineering projects favorable to the most deprived populations on earth, many of which are devastated by pollution and insalubrity.

My involvement in this great charity is to improve the organization’s processes and governance plus support the fundraising lead. With Accenture’s Giving Through You funding, we can accelerate the impact we are already having in Burkino Faso!

The Refugee Next Door in Uganda

François-Xavier Willaert (Manager, Finance & Enterprise Performance) founded his NGO The Refugee Next Door (RND) with three friends in 2007 to help Ugandan war refugees. The charity has evolved from providing humanitarian aid to empowering 100s of children, youngsters and adults to get an education and build the skills to find work or start a business. Accenture funding is supporting the NGO’s Solar Drying Center of Excellence project, enabling a new generation of hybrid sun-dryers to be built locally by small farmers to ensure ownership and sustainability.

We see huge demand in Europe for quality organic, sundried fruits. Crops in Uganda have real potential but farmers need to improve their yield. By helping them do this, RND can build a bridge between the two.

In 2014, with the support of Accenture, we trained 100 farming households in more efficient and sustainable farming techniques. The initial idea was to import electric solar-dryers, but after local research and in partnership with the ULB we developed an improved hybrid solar-dryer leveraging local practices. The result? In early 2015, RND secured its first order to supply Ugandan dried pineapples to Belgium. These farmers are now on the road to financial independence. Thanks to the 2016 grant, we will be able to employ 50 more women impacting the lives of 200 people.


More info about our Global Corporate Citizenship Program.

Author: Magali Frankl